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First of all, we'd like to say that every guy and
girl at BCCC has been a perfect angel over the past
year. No naughty college students here! We deserve
the best stocking stuffers you and your elves can
We understand you may have trouble deciding
exactly what it is we all want, so check out our article
on pages 14-15 for some great gift ideas.
Oh, and if it isn't too much to ask, please see
that every student has a safe and enjoyable winter
break and an unforgettable new year!
Don't forget your milk and cookies!
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Donations See what others did to
help out around the holidays
5 New Years What did you do on the
last night of the millennium?
6 Cars From the fastest to the newest,
we've got 'em all.
10 Religions Look and see what some
students may have celebrated over the break
other than Christmas.
12 International Students Find
out what its like for some international students
to spend the holidays in another country.
14 Gift Ideas Don t know what to get
that special someone? Take a peek at our ideas.
1 6 Basketball An in-depth look at the
1 8 Footbal I We are the Champions -
again! Check out the Grizzlies' winning football
team and their recent bowl win in Utah.
Story by Rachel Julius
Giving to others isn't just for Christmas time. The gift of
giving goes on year round.
esides receiving gifts for the
holidays, have you ever thought
about the gift of giving?
This year many families went without
the big Christmas dinner and many children
went without toys.
For the first time last semester, as a
group, the Student Senate hosted a family or
child during the holidays.
"We will either be doing a toy or food
drive for Christmas," said Student Senate
President Shonda Monaghan, Augusta
sophomore, before the holidays.
Through the local Salvation Army, the
Senate is able to find a family or child to host.
If you would like to get involved in
helping out with families in the future, contact
1-800-SAL-ARMY for the local Salvation Army
"When it's over, it's a big relief. But it
also feels good to help someone in need,"
Story by Rachel Julius
Surprise! It's the year 2000 and
we're all still here, walking, talking
and breathing. Okay, so the world
didn't come to an abrupt halt or a
devastating end. Though some of us
were concerned about the shift into the new
millennium, many were living it up on the night
of the countdown to the new year.
While some students partied the night
away, others could have been found spending
time with family or friends watching Dick Clark
and the famous ball drop in Times Square.
Either way, there's no doubt, BCCC students
were celebrating in style.
Now that the year 2000 is upon us, one
can only hope that the Y2K hype will become
a thing of the past. No doubt some problems
have occurred due to the Y2K disruptions, but
it's time to focus on the future and learn from
past mistakes. Let the start of a new year be
an incentive to get your act together and
follow through with your resolutions. It's time
to begin again on a positive note. Think of it
as your second chance at life. After all, we are
fortunate to witness such an event in time, so
make the most of it while you can.
"Take two hours a night for studying. "
Colleen Smith, Derby sophomore
"To become a better person. "
Jerry Garcia, Johnson freshman
"The same one I have every year: to lose
Dave Mitchell, Burns sophomore
"I don't have a New Year's resolution
because I know I will just break it. "
Fred Brunei!, Towanda freshman
"To clean my apartment more often. "
Amber Nelson, Derby freshman
Story by Dylon Storey
For the college student, buying
a car can be especially difficult
because of a lacK of funds or Knowledge about cars.
We'll take a look at i/our options when i/ou decide thai
i/ou want to go ahead and purchase an automobile.
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There are many things
you will find in a new car from
the factory. You will find
things such as: better
fuel efficiency due to the
advanced techniques of
fuel delivery, up-to-date
styling and amenities,
warranties, increased power,
safety features like
multiple airbags and
these features come
with additional initial
expense, and with
little or no credit it is
almost impossible to
get a loan without a
co-signee. Even if a
loan was possible it
would be hard to
make payments for a bar, afford
the insurance, pay for gas and
for routine maintenance.
depreciate thousands of
dollars when purchased and
driven off the lot. By buying a
used car you are avoiding
this additional cost. Some
late model used cars still
have warranties and have
been well taken care of.
They are also easier to
There is a third option
-- utilizing the classifieds. By
shopping through the
classifieds you are avoiding
the mark-ups which
dealerships need in order to
turn a profit. However, by
doing this there are no
guarantees or warranties on
the cars and they tend to be
slightly older models. But if
you are in the market for
classic or other hard to find
cars, this is one way to go.
be a fun car to
put you in ,
Yet another popular
way to buy a car is in an
auction. With an auction y(
have the potential to save a
very substantial amount of
money. This is because the
seller of an auctioned car is
either trying to sell the car
quickly, or the car has been
seized by some institution
that is selling it to merely get
rid of the vehicle for a
There is, however, a
down side to an auction.
Most of the time you must bid
on the vehicle of your choice
without test driving it first.
One more option
available to a new or used car
buyer is the recently introduled
online auction. With an online
auction you see pictures of the
vehicle over the internet and
Wen register and bid on the car.
This method of buying has the
potential to save the buyer
thousands of dollarsand
connect people in different
regions who would under
normal circumstances never
associate. This new
a great new
option in car
option is by far
purchasing a car online you
are completely trusting the
seller at his or her word.
Story by Jessy Clonts
t's back to school and you've just celebrated "winter
break" with your family. You recall marking the days on
the calendar off with large "X's" as Christmas grew
closer. You just couldn't wait for the presents, the
traditional turkey, the presents, the family gatherings,
and, oh yeah, the presents. But what about the people
who don't celebrate Christmas, did they miss out?
Hardly. Two-thirds of the population on this entire
planet are non-Christian, and in the month of December
countries and religions around the world celebrated
approximately 24 different holidays. Each has a
different history rich with stories, traditions, presents (!)
and festivities. Here is a look at just a few of the
holidays celebrated last month.
The Jewish Feast of Lights originated in 165
BCE when the Jews in Judea defeated the Syrian
Antiochus after a three year struggle for religious
freedom from the Greeks. After the defeat they held
festivities in the Temple of Jerusalem and dedicated it
to God. The Jews cleaned the Syrian temple of Idols
and found a small amount of oil to light their holy lamps
that could only last for one day. Amazingly, it lasted for
eight days, and the Jews were convinced it was a sign
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that their efforts were not unnoticed.
Jewish families own an eight-stick candle
holder called a menorah, and each day a service
candle called a shamesh lights a new candle after
sundown to illuminate the darkness of the world. The
dreidel is a wood carving that resembles a top, and has
letters on each side; it was originally used to study their
teachings when they were being persecuted for their
beliefs - a guard would simply think it was a toy. Today
the dreidel is used to play a gambling game called gelt.
Nobel Day *Sweden
Victory Day *Egypt
Emperor' s Birthday
New Year's Eve
This holiday can be celebrated by many
religions because it is a holiday for all African
Americans, based on the African tradition of the festival
celebrating the harvest of the first crops. Beginning on
Dec. 26, this seven-day holiday centers around the
"Nguzo Saba," or the seven principles of African
culture. They are unity, self-determination, collective
work and responsibility, cooperative economics,
creativity and faith. Like Hanukkah, families own a
seven-stick candleholder called a kinara, and one
candle is lit for every night. Each day focuses on one
principle, and in the evening the family lights one of the
candles and discusses the principle. They may
exchange homemade gifts, and towards the end of the
holiday the community has a feast featuring traditional
African food, music, dancing and ceremonies honoring
Practiced by Muslims, this is not considered a
holiday but rather a holy month in which they fast and
pray during the day and feast during the night to
celebrate the first revelation of Muhammad. People
continue to attend school and work, but in countries like
Pakistan and India where Islam is prevalent, hotels and
restaurants are closed. If the police catch a restaurant
open within those communities the owners can be
arrested. "The main reason we celebrate Ramadan is
God wants us to have a taste of the poor who can't
eat," says Muhammad Ali Quereshi, Wichita
sophomore, who is Muslim.
Muslims pray five times a day in places of worship called
mosques, which also serve as schools and shelter for the less
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Here at Butler there is a large mix of ethnic
backgrounds, religions and cultures that play in to the
reason we call it "Winter Break" and not "Christmas
Break." Many students, particularly those in the foreign
exchange program, felt like they were missing
something amidst all of the celebrations during
"Last Christmas was my first Christmas away
from home," said John Matheri, Kenya sophomore. "I
felt left out because I didn't have anything to do so I
went to work." Matheri is Roman Catholic but found that
his cultural differences kept him from feeling his
country's tradition of the celebration of Christmas. In
Kenya, families kill a goat or sheep for a traditional
family feast. "I went everywhere looking for a goat or
sheep, Newton, Council Grove, but I couldn't find one. I
did my first Christmas without a goat," Matheri said. For
Baidya Berendra, Nepal sophomore, however, the
commercialization of Christmas reminds him of his own
religion, Hinduism. "I remember my own religious
holiday, Tihar festival, is the greatest festival. People
dress up and burn oil lights everywhere."
Remember, there are many different religions
throughout the world and many sects within those
religions. So next year while you're carving that turkey
or ripping open those brightly wrapped presents, keep
in mind that while the majority of Butler students will be
celebrating Christmas, the majority of the rest of the
world will be celebrating other holidays with the same
Information taken from www.worldbook.com
Imagine yourself alone in a
foreign country during one of the most
celebrated holidays in the world:
Christmas. Your family and all you are
familiar with is hundreds of miles away.
The celebrations and traditions are
you were raised and you find yourself
wondering, "Who is Santa Claus
If you are an international
student, chances are you didn't have to
imagine what the above would be like;
it first hand.
Over 600 total international and
permanent foreign residents are
students who attend a Butler County
Community College site. Of these are
students coming from over 83 different
With the four week winter
break now over, many of these .
students are thankful to be back in
classes. It wasn't easy for some to
spend the holiday abroad.
During Butler's winter break,
dorm residents were required to move
out. This left some international
students without a place to stay.
"It's hard for some international
students to hear about others going
home for the holidays since they don't
have that opportunity," said Janet
Obando, International Student Advisor.
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"Some students travel around the United States if they
don't have family close by and if they are financially
Other students spend their break with friends,
sharing their traditions as well as remembering their
own. Students were able to experience the holidays in
America but still keep in mind their family and friends
back home and the rich traditions and memories they
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Story by Ashley McCullough
It is difficult to find the perfect Christmas gift,
especially when it is for that special someone, family
members, best friends or a girlfriend or boyfriend. With
a little thought and creativity the normal hassle of
Christmas shopping can become stress free next year.
For many students at BCCC, money tends to
be a setback when purchasing gifts. Just remember the
old saying, It's the thought that counts.
Homemade cards and gifts tend to mean more
than a store bought card or gift. Remember those
mushy little cards you made in elementary school for
your classmates and family members? Your friends
would love those. You can even make them on the
computer. Don't forget about flowers during the
holidays. Even the simplest of gifts can warm a heart
with a personal touch.
Baking gifts are an inexpensive way to show
someone you care too. Decorate a platter or a tin can
with Christmas goodies such as gingerbread men,
cinnamon candies or frosted sugar cookies.
If you have friends or relatives that you will be
unable to see
for the holidays,
them gifts can
To lessen the cost of shipping and handling, don't worry
about getting out the boxes and packing tape. Send
them a gift certificate to a nationwide department store
or a restaurant. Shopping off of the Internet is less
stressful too. The store is there in front of you with
many gifts to choose from with the click of a button and
a credit card.
try to avoid clothing,
unless you are
confident the person you
are shopping for will like it or you already know they
want it. Don't wait until the last minute to do your
shopping either. According to www. Christmas, com,
of the Americans who celebrate a holiday in
December, 98 percent of them celebrate
Christmas. Twenty-four percent of the men and 21
percent of the women don't finish their shopping
until Christmas Eve. Having to give money
because you procrastinated isn't a very sincere gift.
While shopping, it's a good idea to buy
extra gifts for those unexpected people. Pick up
inexpensive little items in case someone gives you
a gift. This way you will have something to give in
return. During the gift exchange season don't get
grumpy about giving. Keep these helpful ideas in
mind to make your shopping fun and easy.
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Story by Mr. Michael Swan
New Butler men's basketball coach
Dennis Helms faces a reconstruction project
this season. He won't say it, but without time
to recruit hard, and with a lot of scoring gone
from last year, his blueprint is going to be
tough to complete quickly.
But he's happy with the effort of his
squad, even though it's been difficult for
them to put together a good game from
start to finish so far.
The Grizzlies certainly have someone with
a resume that shows his ability to build teams.
What jumps off that resume is his decade
(1986-1996) as the head man at Odessa
College, a two-year school in Odessa, Texas.
His best player there was NBA high profile
star Larry Johnson, now with the New York
Knicks. Johnson, who won an NCAA
championship while at UNLV, came to Odessa
after graduating from Dallas Skyline High
School. He was national high school player of
the year in 1986, yet his test scores couldn't
get him into a four-year institution. He entered
Odessa College with a seventh-grade
equivalency and left two years later with
senior equivalency. In turn, Johnson funded a
tutorial program at the school ($24,000 a year)
to help thank Helms for pushing him to
improve his reading level. Johnson said
Helms always told him to take a book to read.
Johnson led the Wranglers to two
Region V championships in 1987 and
ill 1 988, although they never won a national
The recruiting of Johnson was a "battle,"
Helms said. He spent time in the projects in
Dallas, staying nine days. The whole process
was even "bigger than I had imagined," he
said. Johnson was a big national name and it
didn't hurt that Helms also had other Dallas
players in Odessa.
Helms also coached:
- Alvin Robertson, an NBA all-star who
spent most of his career with the San Antonio
Spurs, at Crowder College in Missouri.
Robertson went pro after a standout career at
the University of Arkansas.
-- NBA players Moochie Norris and Rodney
Dent at Odessa.
-- Tajudeen Soyoye (look for him at the
University of Missouri this year). Soyoye was
named "Most Outstanding Physical Science
Student" at Meridian Community College in
Mississippi, Helms's last coaching stop.
Helms was hired in 1996 to rebuild
Meridian's program, which had fallen on hard
times. The team finished fifth in the 1999
But he likes Kansas better and has spent a
lot of time in the Midwest. The McKeesport,
Pa., native journeyed all the way to Iowa
Western CC in Clarinda, Iowa 30 years ago
and Upper Iowa University in Fayette
(graduating in 1969). He was steered there
by his friend and mentor, Lanny Van Eman,
who was an assistant coach at the University
of Iowa. Van Eman also hails from
McKeesport. Helms took a plane to Chicago
but then it was a long, boring train ride to
Villisca, Iowa, to get him where he needed to
He spent a couple of years as the head
coach in Elwood, Iowa, and then moved on for
another year at a larger high school in Warren,
Ark., as coach. He took a major step up when
he was awarded the contract for the head job
at Des Moines, Iowa, North High School
where he spent five years (1 972-1 977). To
satisfy his need for bigger projects, he moved
on to Iowa Western as coach this time (1977-
1980), where he filled in for local teachers to
supplement his low coaching salary.
But he wanted to get that construction
apprenticeship. His teams played in some
barn-like gyms, including one in Centerville,
Iowa, which then housed the Indian Hills
team. He left his shaving kit there one time
and found it in the same place when his team
returned the next year.
Then it was on to Crowder College in
Neosho, Mo. He scaled the girders as an
assistant from 1984-1986 at the University of
North Texas before going on to Odessa,
where he met his wife, Gloria. They've been
married seven years and her move to
Mississippi was her first time to relocate out of
her native state.
He is also father to Eric, 1 7, who goes to
school in Andover. The two have a very close
Helms is extremely pleased to be in an
area that has a lot of "excitement for
His 19 junior college coaching years have
added up to a 461-144 record.
Story by Sofia Talauera
The players stay focused,
the teams stay strong, and the
winning continues. It's not an easy
task, even when the winning hand
is in your favor, for the body rebels
against any agonizing usage and
must be disciplined by the spirit
and the mind. The players must
remain alert despite the signs of
fatigue and pain when
maneuvering for position, and must
contain strength to take control of
the game. Some of these athletes
didn't have to be so active or
dedicated to the sport loved by
millions but they put their heart and
soul into the game. Some will stay
and some will move on, leaving
behind a piece of their own legend.
There are only 60 minutes of
playing time filled with a lifetime of
With a 5-0 record, Butler
faced Garden City in El Dorado at
Blackmore Stadium. During the first
quarter of the game not a single
point was made. Rudi Johnson of
Colonial Heights, Va. ran for a
touchdown from 54 yards out but
Butler trailed at the half, 14-10. With
minutes turning into seconds and
the score tied 38-38, sophomore
Adam Stiles of Wichita, Kan.,
attempted a 42-yard field goal. The
snap was off and Butler lost control.
They went into overtime with Butler
taking first possession. Again Butler
attempted a field goal, but it was
blocked by Garden City's defensive
line. The Grizzlies played an
intense game but lost in overtime,
44-38. There were an estimated
5,000 plus spectators and not one
of them was left sitting down. Fans
had formed a ring around
the field. The Grizzlies' 17-
game winning streak was
put to a devastating halt
and their ranking changed
from number 1 to number
"That loss was the
worst feeling that I have
ever felt," said freshman
David Routt of Cincinnati
Ohio. "There is no worse
feeling than that of defeat when you
want something so bad."
The remainder of the
regular season was smooth sailing
for the Grizzlies as they beat
Highland at homecoming, 46-14,
and Dodge City on the road, 84-7.
Then it was time for the Jayhawk
conference playoffs. Butler
thrashed Dodge City again, 70-7.
"During the Dodge City
game the atmosphere was dead,
there was no enthusiasm; we just
gave them a pure butt whooping,"
said sophomore Sam Breeden of
In their first game of the
playoffs Butler lost two starters,
freshman Stevie Williams of Dallas,
Texas and freshman Chavez
Donnings of Tallahassee, Fla.
In the second game of the
playoffs, the Grizzlies played
Hutchinson Community College
and won 38-7. Butler dominated
the entire first half as they drove
the ball 81 yards and scored on
their first possession of the game.
The Grizzlies played
Garden City Community College for
the Jayhawk championship.
In the first quarter, Garden
City went ahead 14-0. With 7:06
left in the first half, Johnson took a
late pitch from quarterback Daniel
Cobb of Marietta, Ga. and ran for
a 26-yard touchdown. Only two
plays later, freshman Michael
Kendall of Pratt, Kan., recovered a
dropped snap at Garden City's 13-
yard line. Soon after, Cobb caught
a seven-yard pass from Johnson
for a TD and the game was tied,
14-14. As Butler's momentum
continued to rise, so did the score
in the second half. With a 45-yard
reception by Sam Breeden,
Johnson then ran ten yards for
another touchdown. Garden City
then had a high snap that was
recovered by Butler sophomore
Carl Witherspoon of Kingston,
Tenn. That turned into a field goal
by Stiles. With a quarter left to go
Butler led 31-27. With a Butler field
goal and another Garden City
touchdown, the score was tied, 34-
34. Stiles hit the wining field goal
from 24 yards out. The final score
" Every game we played
after we had lost to Garden City I
couldn't think of anything else other
than another chance to play
against them," said Breeden. "It
was a game for revenge. We
wanted them more than anything
so we could prove that we were
better than them."
Butler earned the right to
defend their national title. They
played top-ranked Dixie (Utah) in
the Dixie Rotary Bowl.
Story by Rachel Julius
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Blue skies, mild weather and no
going to let the setback get their
wind started off the 1 4th annual Dixie spirits down. Four minutes into the
Rotary Bowl in St. George, Utah. It
was a beautiful day for running back
Rudi Johnson and Butler, as the team
second quarter, Johnson ran for a
two yard touchdown.
Two series later, Johnson streaked
won 49-35. Johnson ran for a record- 66 yards for another score. Later,
breaking 373 yards and seven
touchdowns, and the Grizzlies
wide receiver Sam Breeden caught a
46-yard pass from quarterback Daniel
secured their second straight national Cobb, allowing Johnson to run 25
Starting off the game at high noon,
Adam Stiles delivered a booming
Only two minutes into the game,
Dixie made a touchdown and led 7-0.
With Dixie ahead, Butler was not
yards for another touchdown two
Then, Johnson carried the ball two
yards into the end zone, leaving
Butler ahead by 21 points at the end
of the half.
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Johnson once again stuffed in a TD
off a screen pass from 1 7 yards out.
In answer to the Grizzly touchdown,
Dixie made a comeback with a pass
for six with eight minutes remaining in
the quarter. But Johnson made a 25-
yard TD soon after. Then, he would
add a five-yard touchdown run. The
Grizzlies led 49-14 at the end of the
Turning the tables, Dixie made
three touchdowns in the fourth
quarter but it was too late.
Fans poured onto the field to
congratulate the 1999 national
football champions. Butler made
history by winning back to back
national championships. They are
only the second team in history to
accomplish that feat.
"We were anxious to play, to get
back on the field," said Coach James
Johnson was named MVP and
national player of the year.
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\LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN! Even
though defensive coach Steve Braet had
\some anxious moments (center), the
Grizzlies pounded Dixie 49-35. Rudi
Johnson (bottom center) goes in for one of
\his record breaking seven touchdowns.
[photos by Dylon Storey and Jessy Clonts